Whether you're a coffee connoisseur or you don't know beans, DeLonghi shows us how to brew a better cup of coffee and not break the bank.
Whilst visiting the local café for a quick coffee seems like a relatively inexpensive indulgence, research shows it really can add up. On average, the cost of a daily cafe coffee over a one year period can equate to as much as $1,400*
Reclaiming control over this daily ritual and minimising its impact on your wallet, it’s time to learn how to make the perfect barista style café coffee at home.
From selecting your favourite beans and choosing the ideal coffee machine all the way to your preferred cup, the following top five tips will leave you feeling like a self-appointed coffee connoisseur in no time at all.
- It all starts with the beans. The most important thing to remember is that, fresh is best. Just like wine, coffee oxidizes, so the more it is exposed to air and oxygen, the more the flavour of the coffee is degraded
- To ensure your beans stay fresh, keep your coffee beans or ground coffee in an airtight container. Avoid storing them in the fridge or freezer as the moisture will ruin the essential oils
- Whether you’re after an Arabica or Robusta coffee bean, or perhaps even a blend of the two, there are many different flavours of coffee and one to suit every taste
- As a general guide, lighter blends are more palatable, and darker beans (like the Robusta variety) have a stronger, more acidic flavour
- There are a lot of different choices available but trial and error is the best approach – your favourite bean might be waiting for you in the supermarket, local café or from your coffee machine provider
2) The machine
Choose a machine to meet your needs – if you have a small kitchen try a compact machine like the new DéLonghi PrimaDonna XS, or if you have kids (large and small) with a penchant for hot chocolates, consider investing in the PrimaDonna Exclusive Coffee Machine which also comes with an extra hot chocolate function.
3) The daily grind
- The grind of your coffee will greatly influence the end result as it impacts the amount of contact time between the hot water and the beans
- Grind it too fine and you will have a bitter coffee (the result of too much contact time), whilst grinding it too coarsely will give you a watery blend (i.e. too little contact time)
- For the most consistent blend, grind your own beans or use a burr grinder.
- Good quality grinders will help extract all the essential oils from the coffee beans, giving you a delicious, full bodied crème
- Experiment with the settings to find your ideal grind. Once you have this you are well on your way to a great cup of coffee
- If you like a milky coffee – as opposed to an espresso or a long black – there are a number of things you need to be aware of:
- The temperature of the milk should sit somewhere between 60Cand 70 C, so if you are frothing your own milk keep a thermometer nearby. It’s a good idea to stop once the temperature reaches 60 C as the temperature will continue to rise as the milk rests
- Try not to overheat the milk as it will burn the coffee beans and leave you with a bitter tasting coffee
- If you’re not confident frothing your own milk it could be worth investing in a machine that has an Instant Frothing Device (IFD) and can do the hard work for you – whichever milk you choose
- Contrary to popular belief it is actually easier to froth skim milk than full cream milk
5) Cup choice
- Double walled glasses are the top choice for coffee lovers as they are comfortable to hold whilst keeping the heat in. DéLonghi has a fantastic range of double walled glasses from espresso cups all the way up to larger offerings, allowing you to choose the size that suits your coffee preference
Try and match your glass to your drink – anything too big and the coffee will lose heat faster than you can drink it!
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*Based on an average café price of $3.86 -figure from the BIS Foodservice Coffee and Beverages 2012 report, and the average cost of a coffee made using the fully automatic DéLonghi PrimaDonna XS coffee machine from DéLonghi.